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Safeway Canada Reviews

Updated May 18, 2018
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Pros
  • Good pay eventually, people good, stable industry (in 12 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, relatively nice people to work with for what it is (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • minimum wages & part-time job (in 12 reviews)

  • No benefits for part time people (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Night Stocker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interesting experince, no interaction with people

    Cons

    Work night shifts, bad sleeping cycles


  2. "CASHIER"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    GREAT BENEFITS..NOTHING ELSE TO SAY

    Cons

    LOUSY PEOPLE TO WORK WITH VERY EGOTISTICAL, not friendly, very indifferent, snobs, low life's...... management does not say one word to you after 6 months of being there....... when it changed from Albertsons to safeway it was awful. the computer system was not compatible with the software applications and visa versa, customers were complaining, after over 2.2 years of working there I quit...... could not take the incompentance of the management and computer programing, software etc..... very bad customer service after the new safeway registers were in effect............ people arguing and complaining constantly... after 11 years a guy who was working there said it was quitting time after the new registers were installed on self check out because he could not take people complaining each second... it was awful.... bad choice of replacing the registers, etc....... NEVER KNOW THE HOURS AND DAYS YOU WILL WORK CHANGES ALL THE TIME. CALL YOU ON YOUR DAYS OFF AND EXPECTS YOU TO WORK.

    Advice to Management

    SAY HELLO TO YOUR EMPLOYEES MAKE THEM FEEL LIKE A SEMI HUMAN BEING... UNREAL.......... THEY HIRE LOW LIFE'S NOT A GOOD PLACE TO GET A JOB...... GIVE THEM A ZERO OUT OF A FIVE....

  3. "not a great place to start"

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    Former Employee - Promotional Specialist in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Promotional Specialist in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Safeway Canada full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learn to deal with bad management

    Cons

    zero training on inner software systems, bad management


  4. Helpful (25)

    "customer service"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Houston, TX

    I worked at Safeway Canada (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of different locations to work at college tution rembiursemebt for certain classes. Good co workers for the most part, Employee discount at times

    Cons

    There should be a lot more positive feedback instead of negative so much. Employee uniforms are pretty non flattering lot of micro managing

    Advice to Management

    Please consider not talking down to lower level employees and be more respectful of peoples feelings and circumstances. Treatment of employees need to be better


  5. "I worked for them as a order selector in the warehouse"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    you are just talking to the talk man everyday throughout your shift,

    Cons

    management push workers to their limit
    management follow and spy on workers whether they are working or no
    talking is prohibited


  6. Helpful (2)

    "okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The flexible schedule is nice, especially if like me you are a student and need to be able to work the schedule around classes.

    Cons

    This place is okay to work for in the short term. i would not recommend making working here a permanent career choice as there is little to no room for advancement.


  7. "Alright now, little future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time

    Pros

    Union stores, decent pay, good for students

    Cons

    Increasing pressure to cut costs and hours

  8. "It keeps the bills at bay while you look for something better."

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    Former Employee - General Clerk in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - General Clerk in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Safeway Canada part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, unionized and good vacation pay options.

    Cons

    Demanding hours and managers that have no idea what the real world is.


  9. "Cashier"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Safeway Canada part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, some customers are actually pretty nice, good for entry-level positions, fair break time

    Cons

    No discount for employees, have to stand hours on your feet, shift changes occur quite often, minimum wage ($11)

    Advice to Management

    None I guess


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Cashier, grocery clerk"

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    Former Employee - Cashier/Grocery Clerk in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier/Grocery Clerk in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Safeway Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Unionized, pay increases every 500 hours, good benifits for part timers through the union, benifits for full time through the company. Part time employees get vacation pay at the end of the year. Full timers vacation is payed when you take holidays.

    Cons

    There is no good way to say this but as soon as Sobeys bought Safeway they have become a uncaring company. Expect to work every weekend and hard. Very little hours given to new hires. They promise hours but within weeks of being hired on they brop those hours down. They expect you to treat them as your first priority, but don't give enough hours to live on. Less staff than they should have on the floor. Management lie and tell you they care but really don't. Lack of training, a few hours on the computer then down to the wolves. Customers are allowed to miss treat staff, as managment will not side with employees they would rather sell that loaf of bread instead of kicking the rude customer out. They give you power to make decisions, then take it away, then give it back. They don't follow their own policies, but expect employees too. The vacation pay at the end of the year is added on to your regular check so expect large taxes off of it. Exact same pay whether your a courtesy clerk or meat cutter. They use to pay for the position your in, now every one gets the same. Starting wage is minimum yet you pay union dues. They use to have different pay scales for the different positions but no longer. It's minimum.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Sobeys. If you came up through rank and file remember what it's like when it was Safeway.


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